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Thursday, November 17, 2011



MTL:   M. Cammalleri (07:15 - 1st) , Y. Weber (PPG, 15:16 - 1st) , P. Subban (06:13 - 2nd) , T. Moen (19:21 - 2nd)

CAR: C. Ward (L)
 MTL: C. Price (W)

            Last night in Montreal, the Canadiens took on the Hurricanes. Before the game, the Canadiens announced that Cammalleri will make his return to the ice and that St.Denis would make his NHL debut. 7 minutes in, Plekanec came into the attacking zone and played the puck to Cammalleri on the left and he wired a shot past Ward to make it 1-0 Montreal. 1 minute later, Gorges point shot was tipped right on by Desharnias and Ward made the save but gave up a big rebound and Cole couldn't get to it. 2 minutes later, Plekanec played the puck (from the right point) to Cole (on the left point), and he played the puck cross ice to Weber (at the top of the circle) and he one-timed a shot past Ward to make it 2-0 Montreal. The shots were 16-4 in favor of Montreal along with a 2-0 lead after period 1.

       6 minutes into the second, Pacioretty centred the puck to Subban and he wristed a shot into the back of the net to make it 3-0 Montreal. That was Subbans first goal of the season. Then with 6 minutes to play in the second, Webers shot was stopped and Palushi was denied twice on the rebound by Cam Ward. A few minutes later, Harrisons point shot was easily saved by Carey Price. Then shortly after that, Gomez took a shot and it went wide, but Moen shot the puck off the glove of Ward and in from behind the net to make it 4-0 Montreal after 2 periods of play. 6 minutes into the third, Skinner pass the puck across the crease to Staal and he shot the puck and was robbed by the right pad of Carey Price.

         Thats as close as the Canes would get to a goal as Carey Price makes 25 saves in his first shutout of the season in a game where the Habs dominated."It was a solid effort all the way through," captain Brian Gionta said. "We were doing the right things, and obviously Pricey made some huge saves."Once the Hurricanes went down 3-0, I noticed that they looked like they have given up. As they were not battling for the puck in the corners like they were in the first. That resulted in a 4-0 Habs win. The Canes have gone from bad to worse as they have a record of  3-8-2 in their last 13 games."No question there's concern," Carolina captain Eric Staal said. "Obviously, if we keep losing we're not going to be in the mix for the playoffs. So we've got to figure this out and get back to winning some games because if you keep losing, you're going to be out of the picture before you know it and the season's going to be wasted."

Written by Andrew Di Pardo

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